Charlie Sandlan

Executive Director, Head of Acting, Master Teacher

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Education

Charlie’s unique relationship with Maggie Flanigan began nearly twenty years ago. He received his MFA in acting from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School Of The Arts where Maggie and Bill Esper trained him in the Meisner technique. Over the past 27 years Charlie has also studied and collaborated with many artists including Ben Kingsley, Fiona Shaw, Mark Wing-Davey, and Ellen Stewart.

Experience

Charlie has been committed to the craft of acting for nearly thirty years. He has worked in theater, film and television in NYC, LA, and regionally throughout the United States. Charlie also teaches Meisner internationally, most recently at Act4All acting studio in Lisbon, Portugal. He has also collaborated with Kate Lacey as associate producer on the Emmy nominated HBO documentary Casting By. Charlie has taken Maggie’s vision of a nurturing, small, serious training program and cultivated it into the most respected acting studio in New York City.

Philosophy

I believe that the job of the actor is to create behavior. Exceptional actors do this organically and truthfully from genuine experience. The Meisner technique, when taught properly, fundamentally grounds an actor in craft, and provides a roadmap to achieve vivid, fully realized human experience, consistently. As the caretaker of Maggie’s lifetime commitment to the craft of acting, I am privileged to have the opportunity to provide a safe, nurturing, and artistic home for our students to embrace the creative struggle and risk something deeply personal. The standards set by Maggie and me are high, rooted in work-ethic, discipline, and dedication to artistry. The students who have strived to reach our bar have turned themselves into serious professional actors.

The Importance of Training

Great artists in any medium, whether its dance, painting, sculpture, music, or even sports spend their entire life dedicated to their craft and to the fundamentals of their art form. I believe that very few actors hold themselves to this same approach. Thousands of people flock to NYC and LA with an idea of becoming professional actors. The vast majority of them never will. If you have a desire to be taken seriously as an artist, you must train. The Maggie Flanigan Studio believes that Sandy Meisner’s technique is the greatest way to fundamentally ground actors with craft. No one in this business will take you seriously if you have not committed to your art. Good looks and personality are not the keys to artistic success. Our studio is filled with students who agree.

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Teaching Philosophy

I love actors. I am passionate about working with serious students who want to spend their lives illuminating the human condition. Our incredible faculty and I are committed to each student’s artistic development, and hold the highest expectations in order to provide them the opportunity to fulfill their artistic goals. Students at the Maggie Flanigan Studio receive individual attention from the entire faculty as we work together to solidify their craft.